Canoe and Sailing Ship They Came
by Dorothy Neil and Lee Brainard
By Canoe and Sailing Ship
is a fascinating subject, whether written by folks "who
were there," taken from old records, hearsay and facts
from family "remembering," or rewrites by writers
whose style of writing can influence the topic. This book
of "history" is a little bit of all of those things.
Neil, over her 50 years of interviewing "old timers"
has collected a wonderful potpourri of history, anecdotes,
family memories, and yes, a bit of legend, about the intrepid
pioneers who settled Whidbey (or Whidby, as they preferred
to spell it) during the first 100 of the last 150 years.
tried to keep the book in chronological order as much as
possible, but as you will see, many of the stories overlap,
and many continue yet to this day. One thing we've noticed,
and so will you, is that no two people remember the same
incident in exactly the same way, so there are some unavoidable
discrepancies regarding dates. Carl Engle, for example,
will remember something as having happened in 1900, while
Ida Sill will say, "No, it was in 1903." Records,
too, are often conflicting in that area, as are the spelling
of names, but we feel that doesn't really matter all that